The player's doctor Freddie Fu has warned against rushing his return and United boss Jose Mourinho had previously suggested he will not play for the club in January but has reassessed that prediction. 'Zlatan is working here and under control, working as I would expect - so, so hard. "I don't know about Paul, I don't know about Fellaini", he said.
Ibrahimovic was released at the end of his one-year contract over the summer after sustaining significant knee ligament damage during a Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht in April, but was later re-signed on another 12-month deal after continuing to use the club's facilities to aid his rehabilitation.
The United boss confirmed the knee injury sustained by Marcus Rashford during the 1-0 win over Benfica on Wednesday would not rule him out of contention for this weekend, with the same group of players at his disposal.
"Do I think he will be back in 2017?"
"He's not going to be back next week or a couple of weeks".
Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is aiming to get back on the field as early as December following his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
'I don't want to speak about signings or the market. It is better to remember that player A or B is missing, and player C or D is so important for the team. It doesn't mean I don't miss the players, I would like them to be here for us. "Yes, I do. But it's just a feeling". Nobody is back from injury but we go with what we have.